| Apr 29, 2015
| 3:32 PM
Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania's embattled attorney general, is having some bad days. A year ago she was the toast of state politics, in 2012 becoming the first woman and first Democrat to win the office. These days she looks more like toast as she struggles...
| Apr 29, 2015
| 3:38 PM
HARRISBURG — A federal judge has thrown out a Pennsylvania law designed to prevent offenders from causing mental anguish to crime victims, calling it an illegal restriction on the right to free expression.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner...
| Apr 28, 2015
| 7:47 AM
I'm way behind with the annual call for nominees to my Hall of Fame of the area's most colorful characters.
I wrote the column weeks ago, but I haven't had a chance to get it in yet. Maybe this weekend.
As I contemplated likely candidates,...
| Apr 27, 2015
| 6:54 PM
When Gov. Tom Wolf tapped Pedro Rivera, former superintendent of the Lancaster School District, to be the state's education chief, Rivera was in shock.
"Are you sure?" Rivera said he asked the governor. "The guy who has been a pain the neck for the last...
| Apr 26, 2015
| 2:26 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Even before Gov. Tom Wolf took office, Republican lawmakers drew lines in the sand. Now, with two months until the new fiscal year begins, Republicans who control the Pennsylvania Senate are under the gun to back up their...
| Apr 22, 2015
| 7:40 PM
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's pick to lead the Human Services Department unanimously was approved by a Senate panel Thursday. But Acting Secretary Ted Dallas did not get through the first leg of the confirmation process unscathed....
| Apr 21, 2015
| 7:22 PM
Sixteen years after the state Supreme Court found it lacked a yardstick to assess the fairness of Pennsylvania's education funding scheme, lawyers challenging the system say they're hopeful the high court will now see the issue differently.
| Apr 21, 2015
| 6:48 PM
Gov. Tom Wolf is ending a rule that prevented people with some minimal personal assets from collecting food stamps.
The Department of Human Services announced Tuesday it was ending the asset test by notifying the federal Food and Nutrition Service....
| Apr 8, 2015
| 7:50 PM
HARRISBURG — Gov. Wolf doubts the state will enact the next fiscal year's budget by the June 30 deadline, a prediction that signaled a protracted and partisan fight building in the Capitol.
The Democratic governor, whose $29.9 billion spending plan...
| Apr 16, 2015
| 7:45 PM
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will announce Friday that he is running for the U.S. Senate, according to sources who were told by the mayor's campaign.
The three-term mayor has been "seriously considering" a run for several months, and his decision sets...
| Apr 7, 2015
| 8:12 PM
HARRISBURG — It's a crime of opportunity committed against Pennsylvania taxpayers time and time again.
• 1990: Former Bath tax collector William O. Jandrasitz and his wife, JoAnn F. Jandrasitz, are sentenced in Northampton County Court to...